Calling all Bartenders!

Fifty countries, 15,000 bartenders, 100,000 cocktails. The quest for the world’s greatest bartender has begun and for the first time ever, Canada is being represented on the global cocktail stage. Before a Canadian can become the best bartender in the world, they first have to win the title of  Diageo Canada’s World Class Bartender of the Year!

To embark on this journey, bartenders must complete certain tasks by registering at They must also create one cocktail using the finest spirits from Diageo’s Reserve brands which include: ZACAPA® rum, BULLEIT ® bourbon, JOHNNIE WALKER® Blended Scotch Whisky, KETEL ONE® vodka, TANQUERAY® No.TEN™ gin, tequila DON JULIO® , Classic Malts and GRAND MARNIER®.

From February 20th to April 30th 2013, the nationwide search for Canada’s best bartenders will be underway, with Global Ambassadors and Master Distillers coming together to share their wisdom in their quest to find the best. The field of entries will be narrowed down to the top ten finalists who will meet in Toronto for the Diageo World Class Canada finals on June 10, 2013.

These finalists must complete three challenges that require them to create six original cocktails – all critiqued by an esteemed panel of judges. The bartender with the highest score will be crowned and go on to represent Canada in the Global Final aboard the Azamara Club Cruise Ship Azamara Journey from July 4th – 9th. Only the 50 best bartenders in the world will be selected to compete to earn the coveted title of Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year.

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